Birds are warmblooded animals, which means that they maintain their body temperature independent of the environment. However, their often tiny size forces them to adapt, and even work together, when it gets cold outside. New Zealand Birds describes this behavior in one species, the fantail:

“They huddle together in such roosts for warmth, the most dominant birds taking the center positions, forcing the immature and more subordinate to the edges where they are at the mercy of the elements.”

This list is our collection of the cutest bird-cuddling photos. Do you have any photos of this adorable behavior? Post them below, or vote on your favorite!

More info: How do birds keep warm? (h/t: lostateminor, nzbirds)

#1

This Is Not A Caterpillar

This Is Not A Caterpillar

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Rism 3 years ago

Plot twist: this is a rarely seen caterpillar from a very rare species xD

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#2

Tree Swallows Huddle Up With Their Companions

Tree Swallows Huddle Up With Their Companions

Katherine Westover Report

HiyasLeocadio 3 years ago

lovely birds!

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#3

Swallows In A Spring Snowstorm

Swallows In A Spring Snowstorm

Keith Williams Report

JeanneDeaux 3 years ago

Aw, poor little ones...

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#4

A Baby Owl Pack

A Baby Owl Pack

John Hill Report

SheliaMunro 3 years ago

That is adorable

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#5

Superb Fairy Wren Chicks Huddled Together With Their Exhausted Father

Superb Fairy Wren Chicks Huddled Together With Their Exhausted Father

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JeanneDeaux 3 years ago

Aw, that's so cute... Hope the father could rest a little before they ask for more attention.

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#6

Cuddle Birds

Cuddle Birds

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annlynettemayo 3 years ago

This makes me feel 'AWE', this is good for the brain, feeling 'AWE' !!

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#7

Birds During Snowstorm

Birds During Snowstorm

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PhebeWatlington 3 years ago

This would make a beautiful poster.

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#8

Napping Goldeneye Chicks

Napping Goldeneye Chicks

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FrankBeran 3 years ago

Too cute not to share

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#9

Family

Family

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BonniPBrown 3 years ago

I wish we had pretty birds like this...love the "group" photo.

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#10

Owls Bundled Up On A Cold Morning

Owls Bundled Up On A Cold Morning

Avani Naik Report

MaxineFultz 3 years ago

I just luv owls!

#11

Keeping Warm

Keeping Warm

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#12

Swallows In A Snowstorm

Swallows In A Snowstorm

Keith Williams Report

PhebeWatlington 3 years ago

Wonderful picture!

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#13

Little Family

Little Family

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LauraMullican 3 years ago

Adorable!!!!

#14

Finch Family

Finch Family

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MarlyVenhofen 3 years ago

Boa noite!

#15

Group Of Smooth Billed Anis Huddle Together For Warmth In The Early Morning Breeze

Group Of Smooth Billed Anis Huddle Together For Warmth In The Early Morning Breeze

Rebecca Yale Report

stanleyscout 3 years ago

Poor guys on the ends!

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#16

4 Birds Sleeping Together On A Stick

4 Birds Sleeping Together On A Stick

Arnaud Dorange Report

Rism 3 years ago

This is me and friends in 8hour train

#17

Owls Keeping Warm

Owls Keeping Warm

Sasi Smith Report

JudyDowney 3 years ago

Love this, both eyes closed, one eye open & both eyes open...great shot.

#18

Birds Huddled Up Together On The House

Birds Huddled Up Together On The House

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LynnHughes 3 years ago

That's creepy!

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#19

Flock Of White Breasted Woodswallows

Flock Of White Breasted Woodswallows

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PhebeWatlington 3 years ago

Stunning!°

#20

Silvereyes Huddling For Warmth In Winter

Silvereyes Huddling For Warmth In Winter

Amanda Keogh Report

VikiBanaszak 3 years ago

Yup it's winter to them: native to Australia, New Zealand and the south-west Pacific islands

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#21

White-winged Fairy-wren Family. Dad (blue) With Three Chicks

White-winged Fairy-wren Family. Dad (blue) With Three Chicks

Shelley Pearson Report

KittyBuns 3 years ago

" Hey dad! Do you like seafood?..."

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#22

Bluebirds

Bluebirds

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#23

Hungry Babies

Hungry Babies

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Rism 3 years ago

Woah! So many babies

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#24

Ducklings

Ducklings

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#25

Two Juvenile Barn Swallows Waiting For Their Parents With Food ©rob Belterman

Two Juvenile Barn Swallows Waiting For Their Parents With Food ©rob Belterman

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SarahWuenschel 3 years ago

Me and my sister

#26

Huddle Of Longtailed Tits

Huddle Of Longtailed Tits

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#27

Our Parrots Cuddling. Although, This Wasn't For Warmth, This Is Love :p

Our Parrots Cuddling. Although, This Wasn't For Warmth, This Is Love :p

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DeniseDeniknola 3 years ago

Too sad they are in jail. Set them free where they belong. :( It bothers me to see birds in cages.

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#28

Waiting For Mum

Waiting For Mum

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#29

Waiting For Mum

Waiting For Mum

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